Amy Dixon’s Breathless Body 4: GOING STRONG Workout DVD Review


Mistransformation is a fan of Amy Dixon and her Breathless Body series.  I have reviewed all prior Breathless Body installments on my blog and will post links to them after my review.

Amy Dixon is a top notch instructor and you know you are getting quality with her workouts. I became a fan of Amy’s following her workouts on the now defunct Exercise TV.  Her workouts on there were always cutting edge and thorough.

The Breathless Body 4: GOING STRONG installment offers something that the other Breathless Body workouts have not. This volume incorporates weight into the workout.  You will need a set of at least two weights (I pulled out a couple).  Amy recommends 5 to 10 pounds for your lighter set and 10 to 20 pounds for your heavier set.  You will know what works for your body.  There are two modifiers:  One that demonstrates an easier way to do the movement and one that demonstrates how to make the movement harder.  Amy’s demonstrations are for the middle of the road people.  You can go back and forth between levels throughout the workout.

Breathless Body 4: GOING STRONG is 8 rounds long. Each of the rounds contains 2 strength circuits of the same movement.  In the first circuit you use your lighter weight and work for 45 seconds with 15 seconds to rest (really to grab your heavier weight) and then for the second circuit you use your heavier weight and work for 30 seconds and then rest for 30 seconds.

After the strength portion of this round you then move on to the High Intensity Intervals.  These are circuits of 15 seconds of work and 15 seconds of rest.  These movements are usually plyometric/dynamic in nature designed to get you “breathless.”

At the end of all 8 rounds of strength and cardio Amy throws in a metabolic finisher of all the Hiit circuit movements done for 15 seconds each (no rest between) for a total of 2 minutes.

After that, you may think you are done.  Surprise! You aren’t.  Now you have 5 minutes of ab/core work to do! In the ab/core segment there are 5 moves done for 1 minute each.

Now you have completed the workout and can complete the very thorough stretch/cool down segment (which some people try to skimp out on).

I would give Breathless Body 4: GOING STRONG 5 out of 5 stars.  It’s tough but there is no dread. The strength portion keeps your heart rate up throughout the workout and the HiiT segments are short little bursts that kick it up a notch and leave you breathless.  I’m so glad that Amy continued with the Breathless Body series and gave us something fresh by adding weights to the mix. I remember completing the original Breathless Body workout; I was so blown away by it.  At the time we didn’t have a lot of workouts kicking our booty at this level and now the market is flooded with them.  It’s good to stick with the tried and true.  You know you’re getting something good with Amy.

Also, if you haven’t already heard, Amy also has a new workout DVD out that she completed with Paul Katami co-leading (Double Down).  You may remember Mistransformation is a fan of Paul Katami’s as well and I’m hoping to offer a review of this workout DVD in the near future!  How exciting is that!


Breathless Body:

Breathless Body 2: The Edge

Breathless Body 3: HiiT It Big:

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